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Price Rise / Inflation
Essential commodity prices are seeing an unprecedented rise every day. We cannot attribute this to the international recession alone. The Government's bad economic planning is greatly responsible for disturbing the common man's budget and depriving their kids of basic nutrients. Like other National BJP leaders, I have been voicing the common man's anguish over the hikes in prices of essential commodities. We have organized several meetings, demonstrations & rallies to make people aware of the reasons for inflation. One such protest that got a lot of attention was my 15-day padyatra 'Mehangai Virodhi Yatra' that was carried out in 2006 to highlight the issues causing inflation and the Government's failure at controlling it.
A major reason behind inflation was also the Commodity market. In 2006, when the commodity market was still a puppet in the hands of multinational companies owing to the absence of any regulation, I led the protest march against the multi-commodity exchanges and asked the Delhi government to take urgent steps to prevent further suicides of farmers and small-traders. Multinational companies buy the produce from farmers and hoard it in bulk for long periods thus reducing the supply leading to an increase in prices. I also asked the government to present a white paper mentioning the benefits received by the farmers from the futures trading.
The protests however were not limited to a single year as was the case with the price hikes; we undertook several innovative approaches to protest against the hikes - from selling vegetables to using a bullock cart to buying vegetables by selling worn shirts. In 2008, when inflation saw a record increase of 12%, the Delhi government hiked the prices of diesel & petrol. It was ironical that the fuel prices in India were at their peak while the oil prices were sliding in the international market. Our party staged several protests across Delhi. In one of the events, I chose to travel by a Bullock cart to highlight the common man's inability to afford motor vehicles in view of the increasing prices of fuel. I believed that instead of looking forward to owning an affordable car, the fuel price hike is forcing people to take to bullock carts and horse carts. It was at this time that we began the slogan 'Congress ka haath, aam aadmi ke gardan par'. We demanded the rollback of the fuel hike and informed that the inflation is a result of faulty government policies as over 50% of the tax collected in India is from fuel charges.
Several organizations came forward to support our padyatras and demonstrations against the continuous rise of prices. Various trader associations of Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk and Naya Bazar supported the BJP-organized Bandh by closing their shops and joining in. Hundreds protested in a march against the price rise under the Congress rule. Government employees too equally supported our campaign against price hikes. They stated that the UPA government's much publicized Sixth Pay Commission didn't address their grievances and the increase in pay was washed away by Income Tax as well as the price hike.
Insensitive to the common man's woes, Government then targeted vegetables, fruits, edible oil, pulses, rice, flour, spices, etc.Â Their skyrocketing prices rose by a record-breaking 20%. Again, the reason behind this was unregulated hoarding and the lack of cold storage facilities.This time I led the BJP workers in a protest at Jahangirpuri by setting up makeshift vegetable stalls with few of our activists buying vegetables by selling their worn shirts. These demonstrations also resulted in us facing water cannons and mass arrests while several leaders were injured. I was shocked at the blame game between the Central and State Governments when it was the Congress party in Government in either case.
Inflation also made a huge impact on another essential commodity: Milk. In 2008 when the government increased the milk prices for the third time in a single year, the single essential commodity of the common man too went out of his reach. I strongly condemned the hike and blamed the government's poor sense of economics for the price hike. Firstly, while the price of milk increased by Rs. 3/litre all over the country, the procurement price offered to farmers barely moved up. Secondly, the only variable in milk production is the transportation cost of the milk as the process involves transporting raw milk from the farmer to the milk plants and then the transportation of the processed milk to the consumer. While the international petroleum prices dropped, the fuel prices increased in the country resulting in the milk price hike by about 20% in a year.
Continuing our awareness movement against the Congress government's ineffective policies, in 2010, we carried out a massive Signature Campaign against price rise where people from all walks of life signed and supported BJP's campaign against the Congress government's Anti-common man policies. These signatures were thereafter submitted to the then Hon'ble President of India. To highlight the gravity of the worsening situation due to inflation, I also led a massive rally in Ramleela Maidan, which oversaw protestors turning up in tens of thousands. When the Planning Commission, under the leadership of the Prime Minister, came up with a revised BPL definition of Rs. 32 in 2011, we all considered it a mockery to the common man and wondered if the minister himself could spend a day on Rs. 32!
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